Class of 2013 shooting guard Brannen Greene is from a small town in Georgia but is being recruited by national powerhouses such as Connecticut, Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. He has agreed to give National Recruiting Spotlight exclusive access to his life and recruitment in his player blog and will reveal important developments regarding his recruitment in these entries. Make sure you follow him (@b_greene14) on Twitter!
What’s up world! I’m Brannen Greene and I’m doing my first blog ever with National Recruiting Spotlight. I’m excited about this opportunity and happy it could be with National Recruiting Spotlight. First off, I just want to introduce myself and tell you some neat things about me.
I was born and raised in Juliette, Georgia and I love it here. I’m sure you’ve probably never heard of it but it’s about an hour south of Atlanta, Georgia. Soul food is king in this area. This includes things such as: chicken, collard greens, ribs, cornbread, etc. I try to eat as healthy as possible because I really value my body. In my spare time, I like to train or hang out with my family, play video games (NBA 2K is what I play most often), watch documentaries, and that’s about it.
I have been gone just about the whole summer with travel basketball so I haven’t had the opportunity to hang out with my family or really get out much. We would probably just hit up a movie or go hang out with some friends. By the way, I am a shoe fanatic. I love shoes a bunch. I feel like if you have on a nice pair of shoes, your outfit is pretty nice too. Any type of shoe is my shoe, ranging from Sperry Top-Siders and Cole-Hanns to Nike Air Maxes.
Now, let’s talk about me as a student-athlete. I’m a 6’7” basketball player (shooting guard) who attends Mary Persons High School and I also play travel team basketball. Although I’m a little shy, I love life and good people. My GPA is a 4.0 and I take advanced placement (AP) classes. I love the academics at my school. The teachers are so interactive with the students and really push us to be the best in life. My Mom is a school teacher as well and she is the best.
During the month of July my previous travel team collapsed and I had to find a new one. I joined and enjoyed my time playing with the Charlotte Royals. We attended the Peach State Classic, AAU Super Showcase, and AAU Nationals. I played at the 17u level and enjoyed every minute of it. It was a fun experience and I liked the way the program was run. It was great playing along-side [class of 2012 point guard] Braxton Ogbueze (#37 — Florida). Braxton is such a talented lead-guard and I wish him the best of luck in the future. Overall, my summer was a great experience. After two weeks of rest, I will resume my training schedule and become even stronger and better for next year.
My recruiting is intense. I am being recruited by Kentucky, Kansas, UConn, and Duke, all recent National Championship contenders. I have offers that include Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Memphis, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Marquette, Harvard, Alabama, UCLA, Tennessee, Virginia, Xavier, UGA, NC State and many others. I have no favorites at this time. I am really just focusing on becoming a better basketball player through study and hard work every day and one school will emerge as a clear favorite in the future.
My spring took off with a blast as I started in Hampton, Virginia and really played some awesome basketball at the 17U level; the media attention was ferocious and fun. June was also pretty exciting. I attended Nike Elite 100 (formerly Hoop Jamboree) and Pangos All-American camp. Both were great camps and I learned so much. I had a great time learning aspects of the game at those events.
Now it’s August and I’ve been struggling a little bit with this whole NBA lockout. I love basketball and love to hear about all the off-season trades, but none of that is happening right now. I would actually like for Carmelo Anthony to come down here and train with me for a couple of weeks, since he has so much time off. It would be the highlight of my basketball life so far. Just being in his presence and learning would be cool. To me, he is the best offensive player in the league. I also respect what he was able to do as a freshman in college at Syracuse by winning a National Championship. Not many freshmen are capable of such a feat.
In the meantime, I am very excited about my college basketball recruitment and excited that I will be attending Late Night in the Phog at Kansas University. I chose to accept the invite to attend Late Night in the Phog because I am really interested in Kansas and I want to see what the fans and tradition is like up close and in person. I’ve already been on a few visits. These schools include Georgia Tech, Xavier, Duke, UCLA, South Carolina, Alabama, and my most recent one, Louisville.
Louisville was a blast. I enjoyed watching practice and also spending so much time with [head] coach [Rick] Pitino. The coaches are all full of energy and very fun to be around. I got a tour of the KFC Yum! Center from Coach Pitino and we also went on the cat walk. That was the coolest and scariest moment of my life. I was so high in the air. Good thing I had my Dad with me or else I would’ve freaked out. I like the fact that the campus isn’t huge and the gym is so close to everything. I got a chance to hang out with the players and play video games and just chat about Louisville. [Junior guard] Peyton Siva is a pretty cool dude, I must admit. Everyone was pretty cool, though. I really thought the freshman, [class of 2011 small forward] Angel Nunez, was funny. The nicest player there was [sophomore] Gorgui [Deng]. He’s a big 7’0” giant from Senegal. He’s the biggest teddy bear in the world.
The worst part about hanging with the players was that I got beat in NBA 2K11 by 30. [Sophomore guard] Mark Jackson, Jr. was responsible for that. I had the Atlanta Hawks and he had the Dallas Mavericks. He couldn’t miss from the perimeter. It was actually a very funny thing. Overall, I loved the Louisville visit.
I am anxious to announce that I will be doing a live chat Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. (EST). I think it’s going to be a hit and I really look forward to it. [Class of 2013 point guard] Isaiah Lewis will be joining me and we look to make it a day to remember on NRS. Fans and readers, feel free to ask any question about basketball and even social life. You can send in questions early to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t let me down and make me laugh!
I have one last thing for all the kids who read this. NEVER stop working or quit on your dreams. Everything just takes time and consistent effort. Keep working at whatever it is that you want to be and believe in yourself. As I often hear in my house, have fun working hard. Well guys, that’s it for my first blog. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your time.
Thanks again to Brannen Greene for giving us an inside look at his life and recruitment. If you would like Brannen to talk about anything specific, you can send an e-mail to National Recruiting Spotlight at email@example.com with your tips and suggestions. Don’t forget to follow both Brannen (@b_greene14) and Josh (@JoshPaunilNRS) on Twitter.